By Ifeanyi Okolie
THE police in Rivers State, Tuesday, foiled an attempt by gunmen to rob a popular petrol filling station in Port Harcourt, the state capital.
One of the robbery suspects was killed while another was arrested with bullet wounds. Crime Alert gathered that a four-man gang which has been terrorizing major filling stations across the state capital, ran into trouble when they attacked Zigab Filling Station at Akpor area of Port Harcourt.
Sources said the bandits who were clad in military uniforms, were armed with AK 47 rifles and other locally-made guns when they stormed the filling station around 4:30pm and robbed customers within the vicinity.
A police source, who craved anonymity, said a distressed call was sent to the police at Akpor Police Division, and they responded swiftly to the scene.
He noted that on sighting the police, the robbery suspects opened fire at them in a bid to escape while the police responded heavily.
Spokesman for Rivers State Police Command, Ben Ugwuegbulam, while confirming the report told Crime Alert that two members of the gang identified as Bariyima and Alagba, both of Bomu area of Rivers State, were arrested with fatal bullet wounds after the gun fight with the police.
He added that others abandoned their loot and fled. Ugwuegbulam added that one of the arrested suspects, Bariyima, died before getting to the hospital.
He said: “But we recovered an Ak-47 rifle with registration number, KO 357401, with four live and five expended ammunition. A locally made revolver pistol was also recovered from the suspects.”